Reilly reveals depression fight

Former Huddersfield full-back Paul Reilly revealed his fight with depression during his career at the Giants Supporter Association meeting on Tuesday.

Reilly, 35, spent more than 10 years as a professional with his home town club, having first been signed by coach Darryl van der Velde back in 1996.

He went on to establish himself as the Giants first choice full-back for many years, and he was a stand out performer in their 2002 NFP winning campaign, and the subsequent years in Super League.

However, when the time to came leave the Galpharm Stadium, Reilly found it difficult.

Dave Calverley, of the Giants Supporters Association, tells the story: “At the end of his time with the Giants, he was bitterly disappointed to leave. His enjoyable hobby now became a job at Wakefield and then Oldham.

“It was in this period that Paul bravely admits to depression setting in. He found life outside the Giants extremely difficult. He had never thought about what he would do when this time came.

“Fortunately he did find a job, and he did come through the illness.”

Reilly was forced to retire with a serious neck injury in 2008 after making just seven appearances for Wakefield, before overcoming the injury to make a return to the game a year later with Oldham in Championship 1.

Calverley added: “From a personal perspective, for his commitment to the cause, I would have Paul Reilly‘s photo up there alongside the others in the club’s Hall Of Fame. Red and white blood corpuscles? No, Claret & Gold. That’s Paul Reilly.”

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